Protests in several Iranian cities against rising prices have turned into anti-government demonstrations.
Hundreds gathered in the streets in the city of Mossad on December 28th, with smaller protests in cities throughout the country.
Protesters originally complained of high prices but moved on to criticize the government’s emphasis on foreign policy.
Some accused the government of focusing on foreign conflicts instead of alleviating poverty at home, Iran’sofficial unemployment rate is over 12 percent.
The next day about 300 people protested in the city of Kermanshah.
According to Ron’s Fars news agency some shouted slogans denouncing President Hassan Rouhani and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and police dispersed protesters with tear gas and water cannons.
In the capital Tehran police made arrests while breaking up a protest of about 50 people.
One of Rouhani vice president suggested the president’s hardline conservative political opponents started the protests.
For United News International, I’m Matt Paul.